International Premiere
Documentaries from the Edge Scheduled

Straight To VHS (Directamente para Video)

Directed by Emilio Silva Torres

Thu August 12, 2021
9:30 PM

Virtual Screening
PRESENTED WITH Act Of Violence In A Young Journalist

Sat August 14, 2021
9:00 AM

Virtual Screening
PRESENTED WITH Act Of Violence In A Young Journalist

Credits  

Official selection

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2021

Director

Emilio Silva Torres

Writer

Emilio Silva Torres

Producer

Juan Alvarez Neme, Virginia Bogliolo

Cinematographer

Juan Alvarez Neme

Composer

Maximiliano Silveira

Editor

Juan Alvarez Neme

contact

FiGa Films

Argentina, Uruguay 2021 76 mins OV Spanish Subtitles : English
Genre DramaDocumentary

Join us after the screening on August 12 at 11:00pm EDT for a live Q&A with Director Emilio Silva Torres

The ’80s were the most fruitful years for direct-to-video oddities. Defying all cinematic conventions, their decay adding to their quirky charm, VHS tapes were cheap and allowed filmmakers of all backgrounds interests to produce abundantly. In Uruguay, ACT OF VIOLENCE IN A YOUNG JOURNALIST (1989), by Manuel Lamas, is the strangest of them all. “Action.. Romance… Mystery… Sex… Magic…” proclaims its trailer as we witness what seems to be an absurd supernatural drama, with “a raw, a rough, unusual narrative impulse”, featuring some cringy yet fascinating telenovela acting. Never seen outside of its country of origin, the film has been celebrated as a cult film (a? la THE ROOM) by local cinephiles and camp aficionados, while its origins have remained shrouded in mystery for decades... Until now!

The behind-the-scenes mystery thickens in Emilio Silva Torres’ feature debut STRAIGHT TO VHS as we tag along on a quest through creepy locations, with eccentric characters, to find the man behind one the oddest VHS films ever made. Navigating between Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE (2006) and Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD (1981), Torres blurs the lines between reality and fiction, sometimes unwillingly – the subject is just too strange. This demented investigation takes him into an unfathomable spiral, both comical and terrifying... and we”re dragged into the rabbit hole along with him.

FANTASIA EXCLUSIVE: STRAIGHT TO VHS will be presented as a double bill with the extremely rare film ACT OF VIOLENCE IN A YOUNG JOURNALIST. – Celia Pouzet

Showings

Thu August 12, 2021
9:30 PM

Virtual Screening
PRESENTED WITH Act Of Violence In A Young Journalist

Sat August 14, 2021
9:00 AM

Virtual Screening
PRESENTED WITH Act Of Violence In A Young Journalist